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Thanks to Liz Boulter at the Guardian for her incredibly comprehensive guide to Eastern Sicily. Liz leaves no stone unturned, from Portopalo di Capo Passero in the south to Milazzo in the north. In between, there are plenty of excellent tips on what to see, where to eat and where to stay in the popular locations of Taormina and Syracuse and in towns and villages that are slightly more off the beaten track. For an affordable stay just outside Syracuse, the Guardian recommends our Villa Lo Scoglio, a spacious two-bedroom villa, set amidst bougainvillea-clad terraces and gardens, with sweeping sea…

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Did you know that you can holiday in Sicily, France, Spain, Jamaica and the Big Apple for under £50 a night? The April issue of Prima magazine is packed with good ideas on how to make your holiday budget stretch that little bit further and includes all types of accommodation from camping and home stays to a hip hotel in Brooklyn. For something best suited to the family, or for anyone looking for a week’s sunshine in a villa with a private pool, Prima recommends Wish Sicily’s Casa Turchina. The villa has three bedrooms, two with direct access to the…

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Our thanks to Marie Claire editor, Trish Halpin, who writes about her stay at Villa Atena in the magazine’s April issue: ‘Our base is the sleek Villa Atena, a modern three-bedroom house set on a hilltop, with views across villages to the coast. Light and airy with bright pink feature walls and sofas, the living space opens up via floor-to-ceiling windows to a stone terrace and sparkling pool.  It’s perfect for super-hot Sicilian days …’ During her one-week stay, Trish managed to squeeze in visits to Ragusa Ibla and the Castello di Donnafugata and beach trips to Marina di Ragusa…

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Sicily – and Wish Sicily – is in good company in this week’s Woman’s Own magazine where it sits alongside Japan, Madeira, Cornwall and Holland in a feature on holidays for flower-lovers. In Sicily, the first signs of Spring appear as early as March but visitors have to wait until May for the spectacular L’Infiorata di Noto, a flower festival in the baroque town of Noto in south east Sicily. During the event, which takes place over the third weekend of May, the palazzo-lined Via Nicolaci is transformed into a carpet of flower-filled mosaic-style pictures.   Take your pick from…

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AOL’s recent round-up of the best beach holidays for 2017 includes our ever-popular Villa Renata, a 4-bedroom villa with a pool and a garden gate that leads straight on to the sandy beach at Fontane Bianche. The fabulous beachfront setting means that you can pop down to the beach for an early morning swim in the sea and spend leisurely days lazing by the pool. If you want to venture a little further afield, the stunning crescent-shaped Calamosche beach, on the fringes of the Vendicari nature reserve, is easily accessible. Most of August at Villa Renata has been snapped up…

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A Wish Sicily adventure on Mount Etna is just one of the excit ing ideas featured in AOL Travel’s round-up of once-in-lifetime family holidays.  Our new adventure activity programme includes a variety of fun ways for families to explore Europe’s highest and most active volcano. Depending on the age of your children, you can choose from half and full day off-road Jeep tours, mountain bike excursions and quad bike tours or a selection of hikes and guided walks which really allow you to appreciate the extraordinary nature of the volcano. All our villas on the slopes of Mount Etna have…

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If you are planning a holiday to Italy this year, then the Times’ round-up of the 50 Best Holidays to Italy is an excellent place to start your search. Featuring trips for foodies, families and culture seekers, the enticing selection of holidays ranges from Trentino in the north to Sicily in the far south, with just about everywhere in between. We were delighted to see Wish Sicily’s Villa Idda included in the category of best new places to stay in Italy. Highlights of this fabulously stylish villa range from a master bedroom with sunken bath to a double height lounge…

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Christmas may be approaching fast but, according to the Sunday Times, now is the time to grab the best holidays in Europe. Although January is traditionally seen as the prime booking period for booking a European summer holiday, the paper reports that the quest for ‘safe’ destinations, and a situation in 2016 where demand outstripped supply, means that peak season villa holidays are selling at record levels. So if you are looking for good value in the most sought after destinations, it is definitely time to turn your thoughts from Christmas gift-buying to summer holiday bookings. We were thrilled to…

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Our recently-introduced cookery courses and gourmet experiences are proving to be a big hit with many of our guests who are keen to travel beyond the beach to explore more of the island. Spending a few hours visiting local vineyards and farms and tasting some of the island’s best food and wine provides the perfect opportunity to see more of the island’s gorgeous rural landscape and is also a great way of learning more about the island and its history. Our multi-sensory tasting and cooking experience close to Ragusa in south east Sicily is a popular option. As diehard Bake…

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We were delighted to once again see ourselves featured in the pages of the Times travel supplement, this time by way of a recommendation by the Times Travel Doctor to a larger group looking for a villa in Sicily with a pool. Situated on the outskirts of Trecastagni, on the slopes of Mount Etna, Villa Rosa Antica is a great option for a group of friends seeking plenty of living space and several en suite bedrooms – the villa actually has room for up to 13 people, with seven bedrooms and bathrooms. The gardens at Rosa Antica are equally spacious,…

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Thanks to Hero & Leander, the online magazine crammed with inspirational travel and lifestyle tips for couples, for including Modica in its recent post on some of Europe’s most eye-catching picture perfect towns. With its grand baroque architecture, old medieval quarter and web of narrow lanes and stairways, the town is definitely one to be added to your must-see list if you’re visiting south east Sicily. Down in Modica Bassa, the more modern lower part of town, cafés and chocolate shops line the main Corso Umberto; while in Modica Alta, the highlight is the flamboyant Duomo di San Giorgio, with…

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MORE THAN JUST A HOLIDAY Wish Sicily included in the Times’ round-up of family holidays with an educational twist   Just how educational do you want your holiday to be? As stories emerge of parents taking tutors on family holidays and holiday companies offering language lessons, there’s little doubt that just being in a different environment and absorbing the local culture can be hugely educational. Add to that some exceptional geographical features and a bit of ancient history, and you’re on to a winner! The Times newspaper’s feature on holiday breaks that inspire and educate includes staying in one of…

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More column inches devoted this month to Wish Sicily – this time in the Sunday Times Travel Magazine’s Total Guide to Italy (September 2016). Pore over pages of ideas and inside information into the best that Italy has to offer in its cities, in Tuscany, Sardinia, Puglia, Campania and, of course, Sicily. One tip from the magazine is to get live-like-a-local value in Sicily by picking a villa away from the coast. Villa Arte Mare Blue is an art-filled quirky but contemporary villa set in the hills above Cefalù. Animal sculpture and free-standing statues fill the traditional mature gardens which…

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Gather your flexible friends and get ready for a fun holiday in Sicily! At least that’s the advice from Prima magazine who recommends a Wish Sicily yoga break in its ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’ holiday round-up (September issue). The article features Villa Bonera, a gorgeous villa with a pool that overlooks the vineyards in Menfi, but there are 11 other holiday homes to choose from where you can perfect your yoga skills in between indulging in some gentle poolside relaxation. For the ultimate fitness break, choose a villa such as Villa dei Nebrodi (sleeps 20) where daily yoga…

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Good to see our yoga villas featured in the May edition of the gourmet food and luxury travel magazine, Good Things. Packed full of great ideas for two of our favourite pastimes – eating and holidays! – the magazine is everyone’s answer to some serious daydreaming. Our yoga holidays are available at a selection of villas in gorgeous settings, overlooking the Nebrodi mountains or vineyards of western Sicily, and include between two and six hours’ yoga each day. For the ultimate feel-good holiday, we can even arrange an in-villa cook to organise your own bespoke detox menu!

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We were thrilled to see our new range of villa holidays with outdoor activities included in the Independent’s Family Holiday Guide this weekend!  While most people will know about our great beaches, not everyone is aware of the ever-expanding choice of adventure activities on Sicily, many of which are suitable for all the family. The Alcantara Gorge, near Taormina, is a particular hotspot, with body rafting, river trekking and canyoning all available, while the Madonie mountains are a great place for hiking. For families looking for a slightly different way to explore Mount Etna, a jeep tour is guaranteed to…

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A holiday in Sicily, and several of our villas, was one of the recommendations made by the Times’ Travel Doctor in response to a request for suggestions for a big celebration holiday in 2017. With the option of visits to the baroque towns of Noto, Ragusa and Scicli, and a great choice of sandy beaches, a villa holiday in south east Sicily was put forward as the perfect solution for a three-generation group in search of beach, culture and activities. Sunny House and Prora del Plemmirio, both with four bedrooms and a pool, are a short drive away from the…

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Anyone who has planned a family holiday will know that keeping everyone happy is not always that easy.  Mealtimes, travel distances and the different needs and interests of each child all need to be taken into account and older children may well want to try their hand at something with a touch of adventure. If your children are still young, our advice is to keep life simple – choose a villa with a pool, mix up some fun activities with chill time on the beach and make sure that any cultural visit is balanced by a very large gelato! Eating…

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Visit Noto in May and enjoy the spectacle of the L’Infiorata di Noto, one of south east Sicily’s loveliest festivals, when the street of Corrado Nicolaci is transformed into a floral carpet. Elsewhere, there are baroque palazzi to visit and, close by, plenty of sandy beaches. Read more about the festival, and local villas such as Villa Gioi (former La Finestra su Noto), in the Sunday Express.

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Prime position for the gorgeous Casa Zen Blu in the Times newspaper’s round-up of the 20 best places to stay in Sicily. Conveniently close to Palermo and Cefalù, the villa is a great holiday option for a group of friends or two families, with four lovely bedrooms and bathrooms. Step outside into a fabulous garden with terraces galore, a pool, outdoor kitchen and heavenly poolside bar and dining space. There’s still space throughout the summer but don’t hang around – this one’s going to go fast!